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U. Ramesh wins the 3rd annual Dr. E. Pedaveerraju Gold Medal

Prize given for work on human papilloma virus in cervical cancer patients

A three-member jury comprising former professors selects the winner

VISAKHAPATNAM: A post-graduate student of pathology department of Andhra Medical College U. Ramesh won the third annual Dr. E. Pedaveerraju Gold Medal in the competition for the best PG research paper in investigative medicine. The competition is for the PG students of departments of biochemistry, microbiology, pathology and radiology of Andhra Medical College.

Instituted by a noted gastroenterologist and former professor and Vice-Principal of AMC, Pedaveerraju, the competition was meant to promote research among PG students and to stimulate newer ideas and hypotheses. There was keen competition for the prize and after animated discussions with the judges and audience, Dr. Ramesh won the gold medal.

He won the prize for his work on the prevalence of human papilloma virus among patients with cancer of the cervix and its precursor stages (precancerous cervical intraepithelial neoplasia).

In a random sample of 45 cervical cancer specimens, he found that about a third harboured the HPV type 16 but none of them had type 18 which is common elsewhere.

A cash prize, sponsored by the College Ethics Committee was awarded to Dr. Sarada for her work on the presence of aerobic vs. anerobic bacteria in infected wounds.

Dileep Kumar, president of the AMC Research Forum thanked the judges and advised the PGs to apply more rigorous methods in their research activities. A three-member jury comprising former professors, B.S.V. Sastry (biochemistry) and T.V. Ramani (microbiology) and pathologist of Vijaya Medical Centre K. Madan selected the winner. Principal of AMC G. Bhagya Rao and Superintendent of KGH M.V.R.J. Somayajulu presented the gold medal and cash awards.